World Cup 2015 Qualifier January 21, 2014

Bowlers take Namibia into Super Six

ESPNcricinfo staff

Seamer Louis Klazinga spearheaded an incisive bowling performance from Namibia to help the team reach the Super Six stage after securing a 100-run win against Uganda at the Bay Oval.

Klazinga finished with 4 for 27 to run through a Uganda line-up chasing 162, which offered no resistance whatsoever. Only Phillimon Selowa reached double figures- 23 not out- as JJ Smit and Christi Viljoen chipped in with five wickets between them to bundle the team out for a paltry 61 inside of 18 overs.

The Uganda bowlers, on their part, had earlier done well to restrict Namibia to 161 for 9 after the match had been reduced to 36 overs a side. Most of Namibia's top order made starts, but only Louis van der Westhuizen converted it into a fifty, making 52. Medium-pacer Charles Waiswa was the pick of the Uganda bowlers, finishing with 4 for 30, but the team's subsequent collapse with the bat meant that they would finish at the bottom of Group B without a single win.

"It was quite tough, with the ball seaming around so we just had to keep the composure and take it deep into the innings, and luckily I was able to do that," Van der Westhuizen, the Man of the Match, said. "We still have one game against PNG, so we'll prepare for that one and see if we can make it a white wash in the group stages."

Gyanendra Malla's 86 went in vain, as Nepal succumbed to a 12-run defeat to Canada in Christchurch, leaving them rooted at the bottom of Group A after losing all their four matches. The win however kept Canada's hopes of reaching the Super Six alive, as they must now beat Scotland by a big margin in their next game to progress.

Canada, choosing to bat, were propelled by a 67 from Nitish Kumar and an 89 from Raza-ur-Rehman that eventually took them to a competitive 255 for 9 after the match had been reduced to 41 overs a side. Canada were precariously placed at 54 for 3 in the ninth over, but Nitish combined with Rehman for a fourth-wicket partnership that yielded 84 runs, and set the platform for the team's innings. Both batsmen were dismissed by the 35th over, but the keeper Hamza Tariq scored 34 to add a late flourish.

Nepal, in reply, lost their opener Sagar Pun in the first over, but Malla strung together partnerships with the top and middle-order batsmen to lift the team to 170 in the 31st over. He struck nine fours during his knock, but was dismissed after being caught behind by Tariq off Khurram Chohan, who picked up four wickets, leaving Nepal to still get 86 runs. Basant Regmi blasted 25 off just 17 to try and overhaul the target, but with wickets falling regularly at the other end, the team could ultimately make only 243 for 8.

"It was one of the better batting efforts of the tournament - more than six runs an over for 41 overs. Hopefully we can bat like that in our next match against Scotland," Canada captain Jimmy Hansra said after the game. "We've got to do a lot better defending in the field. We'll pay for it if we drop catches like that against Scotland. We've got a hill to climb to progress in this tournament, but we've got to go for it."

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  • Weird on January 22, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    @504429641 - It doesn't matter if we're calculating NRR for the 1st innings or 2nd innings, the criteria remains the same. If a batting team is all out, their total runs is divided by the total number of allocated overs, regardless of how many overs were bowled when the last wicket fell. If a batting team completes their innings with wickets in hand (which, theoretically, would only happen in the 2nd innings), then the total number of runs is divided by the number of overs bowled, in that case, but only if wickets remain in hand. If a team is chasing 300 and is all out for 250 in the 25th over of an ODI, their NRR is 5.00, not 10.00

    That said, if Canada miraculously win comprehensively over Scotland, things actually are looking up, as they'd play their Super-6 matches against a weaker (in my opinion) Group B. However, if that holds true, Canada would still be toast based on a lower overall number of wins and their poor head-to-head record against the other qualifying Group A teams

  • Dharma on January 22, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    @stevros3 - It is only true for first innings. If it is first innings, then full overs (50) are considered instead of the overs in which the team is all out. But for second innings, only the completed overs are considered and not full 50 overs. So, while chasing, if a team is all out in 30 overs, then 30 overs is considered and not 50 overs.

  • D on January 22, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Go Canada, give Scotland a run for their money! We've been struggling in recent months but with one game to play for all the marbles, we're in with a fighting chance. Go Canada Go!

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    Canada has too much work to do I think, Scotland is a good team with decent players across the team, perhaps not the best side in the tournament but no easybeats, in fact I think they are a better team than Canada.

    As it stands right now Hong Kong, Scotland, Namibia and Holland will be carrying through two points each while the UAE and PNG don't have any carry through wins yet. The HK V UAE and Nam V PNG games tomorrow will be huge with wins for HK and Nam giving them a big advantage going into the super 6's, or alternatively wins for PNG and UAE will square everything up leaving all team on 2 points. Vital matches.

  • Stephen on January 21, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Actually it's not quite such doom and gloom for Canada.

    If you bowl a team out in less than the allocated overs for the purposes of net run rate (to not peanalise you for bowling them out earlier) it is calculated as if they use the full 50 overs.

    In the senario you're proposing, Canada would finish with a net run rate of +0.41 and Scotland would finish woth a net run rate -0.76, meaning that Canada would comfortably go through.

  • Stephen on January 21, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    If Canada bat first against Scotland and equal Netherlands highest score of the tournament of 323 runs in 50 overs and then bowl Scotland out for equal to Uganda's lowest score of the tournament of 61 in 18 overs, their net run rate will still be under Scotland's and would still miss the super 6's.

    So fair to say I can't see Canada getting through unless they win by a crazy amount!

    Good to see Nepal get really close today though and show some of that fight that's been lacking. As for Uganda though they've been extremely poor. How the USA couldn't get past them in the last round of qualification is amazing...

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